Friday, December 19, 2014

Choo, Choo...Cece's Two!

Our baby, Cecelia turns two today! I'll write a proper two year update eventually (maybe by the time she turns three!) but until then, here are a few pictures from her "low key" family birthday party last weekend. We also celebrated my dad's birthday and James' mom's birthday. Cece is a die-hard Thomas the Train fan and everything in her life right now revolves around him and the color blue so naturally, we went with a Thomas theme for the affair. I think it's safe to say Cece enjoyed herself, though was clearly a bit overwhelmed by the attention and in particular the gift opening part of the day. I think she warmed up to the idea of presents eventually but she has her cousins to thank for opening most of her gifts. I bet by next year she'll have it down!

I found a cupcake train idea on Pinterest. It was a big hit, that is, until Cece drove her little ride on car right into the table and it ended up on the floor. We managed to save a few cupcakes. 

Her very generous god parents gifted her an actual ride on Thomas. By that point, she was a little dazed and confused by all the excitement. Her face as she rode around on the train was priceless. She had a perfectly blank expression on her face as she scooted around the house. Not to worry though, by that evening (and after a good nap) she really hit her stride with it. She and James have already "retrofitted" it to make it do things it wasn't designed to do. That's James for you!
Happy Birthday, Cecelia. You are such a special little girl. We love you!

PS - Cece's birth story and first birthday.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sullivan at One Month

Sullivan's first month of life is in the books. How did that even happen? It went by fast. So fast. From what I can remember of Cece's first month, it's been easier the second time around, thank goodness. With the exception of week two, when Sully was sick with his first cold, life has been pretty predictable with this little dude. He eats a lot, especially during the day and evening, and sleeps pretty well at night - for a baby, that is. He's definitely a second child. There are times when he fusses and I can't physically get to him right away (usually because I have a precocious two year old to deal with) and by the time I get there a few minutes later, he's already soothed himself back to sleep.

Sully doesn't complain about much. The only thing he really hasn't warmed up to yet is bath time. He really doesn't like being undressed. Or maybe he just doesn't like being cold. Who does? Anyway, he cries through bath time, every time. His only other "fussy" time of the day is in the evening, usually between 8-10 PM. For some reason, he gets very uncomfortable this time of day. It's pretty easy to tell his tummy bothers him. It's hard to tell if it's just typical newborn gas or something more like acid reflux (Cece had this) or a reaction to something I might have eaten earlier in the day. Whatever is going on, he typically reacts pretty strongly. We shoosh and swaddle him until he eventually falls asleep. From there he's typically down for 3-4 hours or so before I need to feed him again. His night time pattern has been: sleep 9-12ish, feed. sleep 12:30-2ish, feed, diaper change. sleep 2:30-5, feed. sleep 5-7, feed and up for the day. He would sleep "in" past 7 if his big sister let him, but typically she's in his face the minute she comes into our room in the morning so there's little hope of that. He's been sleeping mostly in the MamaRoo next to our bed. If he's fussy, I put him in bed next to me. He sleeps the soundest when he's in bed with us. Last night he even slept for a 5 hour stretch after I put him next to me. I think he likes hearing/feeling someone next to him. And snuggling too, of course.

Sully is really very easy going. Nothing much phases him. Cece is constantly rough housing around him, falling on him, excessively rocking his swing. She loves him and none of it will actually hurt him, but for sure it's not the peaceful experience she had when she was little. Our house is constantly buzzing with a wide range of toddler noises. He sleeps through it all. Not much phases this kid.

Sullivan is growing like a weed. His face is filling out and he's got a big round belly, just like Cece did (still does!). It's hard to tell exactly but he probably weighs between 10-11 pounds already. I'm not sure if Cece was that big at this stage, but I don't think so. He's mostly wearing 3 month clothing and size 1 diapers. We haven't started cloth diapers yet. I just haven't had it in me to add to our laundry load. Hopefully I'll get there soon. 

So that's it for now. Seems like I should have more to say but really, the only thing that sticks out is that he's EASY. Thank you, Sully boy. Love you, kid.

PS - Did you see my 39 week Sully belly and one week old Sully?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

From Bump to Babe

Bump and babe pictures from my 39th and 40th week of Sullivan's pregnancy/life.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sullivan at Three Weeks

Sully is three weeks old! I should probably have a lot more to say about this but I'm feeling like just taking these pictures and posting them is a big accomplishment itself. Mostly, the highlight (or rather, low point) of week three has been dealing with Sullivan's first cold. I don't know how old Cece was when she got sick for the first time but I'm sure she had several months of life experience under her belt before her immune system was compromised. I remember asking visitors if they had gotten a flu shot and stockpiling hand sanitizer when Cece was a newborn. That's the difference between your first and second go at parenthood, I guess. That and its practically impossible to keep a germy two year old from being all up in his biz every waking hour of the day.  

The last few nights have been tough because Sullivan has been so congested that he had a hard time breathing, eating or sleeping. Last night was moderately better so I'm hopeful he's on the up and up. Even with a cold this kid has to be considered a good sleeper. and when he's not sleeping, he's a pretty mellow fellow. The only time he seems to fuss is in the evenings between 8-10ish. Typically, it seems to be because he's a bit gassy at this hour. He settles down after a feeding and poo. If all else fails a good tight swaddle tends to do the trick. 

A few other notes about week three - he loves having his hand up by his face, just like Cece did. He has long, long fingers and toes, just like Cece does. His eyes are blue, just like Cece's. He loves to be held and snuggled. He holds his head up already. Noise doesn't phase him. Summit barking, Cece's non-stop chatterbox going off in his ear - it doesn't bother him one bit. Thank goodness! He prefers mommy snuggles to daddy snuggles at this point. It clearly bothers James but I keep telling him its only because I'm quite a bit squishier than he is. Love this little guy, he's a keeper!

Sullivan on the left, three weeks old. Cecelia on the right, circa two weeks. And Cece's three week update, as a comparison.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sullivan at Two Weeks

Sully is two weeks old today. Feels like the fastest two weeks ever. At his week and a half appointment this week he had gained over a pound and grown two inches (is that possible?!) since leaving the hospital. Not too surprising since he spends 23.5 hours a day either eating or sleeping. He spends the other hour and a half being cranky from about 8:30-10 PM every night. Like clock work. But hey, if that's all he's got, I'll take it. So far he's one easy going babe and I'm loving it!

James had to go back to work this week so I got a taste of what it's like to be home with our two little rascals by myself. Sully's easy. Cece, not so much. Girlfriend just has so much energy and is into everything these days - and by everything I mean mostly trouble! She loves her little brother though and its so fun to see her interact with him.

He's been sleeping well, even giving me one 5 hour stretch of sleep once this week. I'm tired but most days it's manageable. It was a short work week because of Thanksgiving which made things easier and gave us lots of time for visits with family and friends. Here's Cece's two week post. Interestingly, both kids grew almost exactly the same amount by two weeks.


Obviously it goes without saying that we have a lot to be thankful for this year! Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pregnancy Notes

This post is more for me than anyone else. I started this post during my last week of pregnancy. My last week of pregnancy, likely, ever. I wanted to jot down some thoughts and take note of my pregnancy symptoms while I still remember them.
It's safe to say I'm not a big fan of the state of being pregnant. I don't take it lightly though and I would never take it for granted. I have friends who can't get pregnant or spent years trying to convenience and while I try to comfort them, I can only imagine what that would be like to actually go through ourselves. We have been very, very fortunate that both times it has been easy to get pregnant. Put it this way, with both kids we were planning for spring babies. Both kids turned out to be fall babies because it didn't take long to conceive. Both times we were caught a little off guard when we found out I was pregnant.
A few notes and observations about how my two pregnancies panned out. This is mostly for me, possibly for Cece someday in the distant (distant!!) future. Sorry if some of it is TMI. You've been warned. Turn back now!
  • With both kids it took 2 months to conceive (without diligently trying). 
  • Weeks 6-10 were tough with both kids. Possibly worse with my first pregnancy. Found it hard to decide what I wanted to eat and when I did eat I would feel sick. During my second pregnancy I lost 5 pounds during these weeks because I lost most of my appetite all together.
  • Beyond issues with my appetite during the first trimester of both pregnancies I also experienced constipation, bloating and extreme fatigue. These symptoms tapered off around 10-11 weeks.
  • Very sore bbs during the first trimester of Cece's pregnancy. No pain during the second pregnancy (probably because they were beaten and battered already from breastfeeding!).
  • Felt movement at 14 weeks or so with Cece. Even earlier with number two. Feel like little fingers tickling you from the inside out.
  • Baby bump showed up much sooner the second time around. Maybe around 8 weeks?
  • Gained 45 pounds (!) during first pregnancy. Gained 39 during the second.
  • Cece was born 4 days past her due date. I went into labor naturally and gave birth to her 13 hours later without the help of drugs. Sully arrived two days before his due date. I went into labor naturally and delivered him 7 hours later with the help of drugs. More on that to come!
  • First sign of labor with Cece - upset bowels and radiating lower back pain (feeling similar to menstrual cramps). First sign of labor with Sully - my water broke in bed.
  • My first baby bump was big and wide. My second was big and mostly in front of me. Even so, my booty and legs got much bigger during both pregnancies.
  • My hands and feet swelled during my first pregnancy, especially after giving birth. Swelling was minimal during second pregnancy. 
  • Had a 8mm kidney stone at week 23 of pregnancy number two. I believe it was a more painful ordeal than giving birth to Cece, which is saying a lot.
  • Lost all of the baby weight from my first pregnancy within 5 months of having Cece. Hoping it's as "easy" the second time around!
  • Was active during both pregnancies, though in different capacities. With Cece, I ran until I was about 30 weeks pregnant. With my second, I only ran once (a 5K race!) but spent every day lifting and lugging around a 25lb toddler, which is probably more of a workout than any pregnancy jog any day!
  • No stretch marks with either kid (knock on wood) but my belly button...oh my poor stretched out belly button!
  • Breastfed Cece until she was about 15 months old. Stopped within weeks of finding out I was pregnant again.
  • Both kids took to nursing like champs. 
  • Worst pregnancy symptom the first time: carpel tunnel syndrome. Non-existent during my second pregnancy. Worst pregnancy symptom the second time: heartburn. It was really, really, really bad and probably has contributed to my slightly lower overall weight gain because I was literally afraid to eat anything! Immediate relief as soon as Sully was born.
  • My hair grew fast during both pregnancies however, during my first it was along thick, strong and shiny. During my second it was still thick, but dry and dull instead. Boo.
  • Strange pregnancy side effect - randomly seeing dancing "lights" around the corners of my periphery vision. This is a hard one to describe. They kind of look like fireflies dancing in the corners of my eyes. Yup. 
  • Cravings: cold fruit (both), salt (second), sweets (first), lots of cold milk during the last few weeks (both).
  • I've always been an imaginative dreamer but during both pregnancies, my dreams were even more vivid and definitely out there. 
  • While on the subject of sleeping, for both pregnancies sleep was interrupted early (by week 7 I was unable to sleep through the night) due to the need to pee at least 1-2 times a night. Hormones!
  • Read several books, took a birth class and typed up an extensive birth plan to prepare for first labor and delivery. Second time around: dug up old birth class notes during my 39th week of pregnancy and jotted down a few thoughts about labor and delivery on a scrap piece of paper to serve as our birth plan. It didn't make it out of my hospital bag.
  • Both kids have camped out entirely on the right side of my belly. There has never been any movement toward my left side. I'm sure I will be lopsided forever. 
  • After 13 hours of unmediated labor, I delivered Cece after 3 contractions during the "pushing" phase. She weighed 7lbs, 3oz and was 18.5 inches long. I only needed a stitch or two to patch me back up. After 6 hours of unmedicated labor and one hour of pain-free labor courtsey of an epidural, I delivered Sully after 30 minutes of intermitten "pushing". It was a much different experience (more to come!). Sully weighed 7lbs, 11oz and was 19 inches long. I only needed a stitch or two to patch me back up. 
  • Physical recovery has been much easier the second time. Less pain, less bleeding, less swelling, less stress, fewer mood swings. Also, less time to cuddle and coo at baby thanks to a rambunctious two year old!
  • During my first pregnancy I worked up until the week before (5 days) I delivered and took 11 weeks of maternity leave. During my second pregnancy I worked an 8 hour day on the day I delivered and plan on taking 11 weeks of maternity leave.
  • Cece was born on a Wednesday. Sully a Friday.

Cece on the right, Sully on the left.